Just add more RAM?

April 6, 2016

RAM known as Random Access Memory is the life line or oxygen of any laptop. Your computer’s temporary memory is stored in the RAM. It stores computer data in a random order, unlike hard disk and CDs which store the data chronologically.

Today we are surrounded by machines. We want our machines to work faster than our brains. It is frustrating when laptops tend to work slower, especially when we are on the clock and need to deliver. Modern laptops come with built-in RAM which is sufficient for day to day surfing or documenting. However, if you need to install certain specific professional applications, which require a RAM of higher capacity, then it’s time to bite the bullet and go for an upgrade.

How much RAM does your laptop need?

Requirements of RAM depend on the specification of your laptop. A basic starter laptop has around 2 GB and can be upgraded up to 16 or 32 GB. The speed of your laptop depends on the RAM specification. There are two types of RAM – Static and Dynamic. Dynamic RAM is the most commonly used memory today. This needs constant refreshing, which unfortunately runs means you run the risk of exhausting RAM memory. Static RAM, on the other hand, does not need to be refreshed. Hence, it is relatively faster. One of the easiest ways to upgrade or speed up your laptop performance is to increase your RAM.

Is it time for a change?

But, when is the right time? Here are 5 pointers that indicate your RAM needs a change:

  1. Blue Screen: When your laptop starts getting exceptionally slow and displays a blue screen, then you know it’s time to change your RAM
  2. The performance of the laptop is directly proportional to the RAM capacity. When the RAM is performing at its best capacity, you can open multiple applications all at the same time. However, if your laptop is getting slower or it takes more time to boot up, then the first thing is to upgrade or change your RAM.
  3. It is important to note, that not all laptops support additional RAM upgrade. In such cases, you will have to replace the entire system.
  4. Did you know that online gaming can use up most of your RAM and slow down your PC? In some cases, even 8 GB RAM is not enough to give you the best gaming experience. You will need at least 16 GB to support HD games which involve graphics. If you experience constant buffering while playing games, then it’s time to change or upgrade the RAM
  5. There is certain professional software like PhotoShop or video editing software, which requires working with quality video files, which puts too much pressure on the RAM. If you are looking for uninterrupted speedy performance for editing and other such applications then it’s best to upgrade or change the RAM to the appropriate capacity.

You need a laptop that is speedy and efficient. If you find your laptop becoming sluggish, it’s time for an upgrade. In any case, every technology needs upgrades at regular intervals to increase the overall life expectancy of your device.

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